Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

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Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

Image by Deborah Pohlmann/Whitehead Institute


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AudioHelicase logo with Iain Cheeseman

May 17, 2018

AudioHelicase podcast: Iain Cheeseman discusses cell division and what can happen when it goes wrong

Cheeseman discusses how his work on the kinetochore provides a window into cell division and what happens when this vital cellular function goes awry.


Teachers and partners at Whitehead Institute's teacher program dinner

august 8, 2018

Teaching Teachers: Whitehead Institute Program Bridges the Gap Between the Lab and the Classroom

Whitehead Institute's monthly teacher series strives to inspire, educate, and empower high school biology instructors from the Greater Boston area.

In the News

Toxoplasma gondii parasites

September 18, 2018

Parasite’s riff on essential enzyme highlights unique biology

In the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondiiWhitehead Member Sebastian Lourido studies has identified key components of the ATP synthase, which differs from that of humans. These differences underscore the unique biology of T. gondii and highlight the dissimilarities between them and their human hosts.    

Postdoc Jarrett Smith

September 12, 2018

Jarrett Smith receives Hanna Gray Fellowship from HHMI

Whitehead Institute postdoc receives Hannah Gray Fellowship from Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Illustration of Y chromosomes

AUGUST 2, 2018


The lab of Whitehead Member David Page has examined a series of regions on the Y chromosome called amplicons.

High school teacher program

The topic for Whitehead Institute’s 2018-2019 Seminar Series for High School Teachers is Advances in Neurodegenerative Disease

Teacher and partner at dinner


Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at MIT are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level.

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